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Soul of the Fire (Sword of Truth #5)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  47,491 Ratings  ·  634 Reviews
Richard and Kahlan are finally married and enjoying their wedding night back in the Spirit House in the Village of the Mud People. Soon, sudden and unexplainable deaths begin to occur, and Richard comes to the conclusion that when Kahlan called forth the Chimes in order to save him, they remained free, causing havoc. Zedd sends Richard and Kahlan off to the Wizard's Keep i ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 788 pages
Published March 2000 by Tor Fantasy (first published 1999)
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Best Sword of Truth Book
7th out of 21 books — 103 voters
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Andrew Obrigewitsch
Oct 07, 2014 Andrew Obrigewitsch rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, worst-list
First 3 books where OK, but read like teen erotic fantasy with a mix a of Fountain Head. Book 4 was horrible, book 5 was the worst book I have ever read and I started 6 and it was looking even stupider so I quit less than 100 pages in.

Heroes that never learn anything and have no desire to, and cause their own trouble through their ignorance just piss me off. Then the 5th book had the evil chicken that was killing people, numerous gang bangs and gang rapes, and introduced new characters which th
Jan 07, 2013 Ronel rated it did not like it
Terrible book, I just could not finish it.

(Spoilers ahead: But if you still want to read the book, you are on your own)

I loved the Sword of Truth series in the beginning. It was different and exciting. But then the series started to get weird. First it was the weird sex that Richard was having with the red clad dominatrix, then the Sisters of the Dark had that strange session with the statue/demon in the forest etc etc.

And after a while, I started to feel about the series the same way as about
Sep 14, 2008 Espen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Sword of Truth, those who've read his first 4 books and want to go on.
Shelves: 1st-edition, signed
This book is a lot slower going than the previous four, perhaps because Terry Goodkind is putting a lot of focus on characters we have never heard of up until now. At halfway through the book he picks up the pace though, and the last half of the book is actually very enjoyable.

Still, not even close to being one of Goodkind's best books, and it took a strong recommendation from someone that had read the entirety of it to bring this book back out of the bookshelf.

The big weakness of the book is, I
I'm about to get all up in this book's craw for some terrible choices on the part of the author, and the part of his characters, but I would like to state up front that I am not opposed to characters making choices that are morally questionable. If characters--especially "the good guys"--don't mess up every now and again, we usually find them flat or boring. What I AM opposed to is characters making morally questionable choices without either the characters or the author bothering to question th ...more
Jul 22, 2011 celestialchild rated it did not like it
Some people complain about the slow pace of the book; to me, the real problem is that especially by the end of it, much of the content felt completely unnecessary.

The big obstacle of this book was, first and foremost, the Chimes. In spite of this, they actually seem to occupy very little of the plot, except when people are just worrying about them. This wasn't a completely illogical approach, because it was necessary for the heroes to spend most of the story simply researching how these Chimes c
Jan 30, 2009 Amber rated it it was amazing
Terry Goodkind is a superb author, and in my opinion, his "Sword of Truth" series is the best I have ever read. So good, in fact, that I have read the entire series three times in a row, back to back, non-stop. This series is *not* for children. The series covers many aspects of the dark side of humanity, in great detail, as the heroes try to overcome the evils in the world. Goodkind is not afraid to show his readers just what evil *really* is, that is, most often, people who perform acts of evi ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, at least we left the formula behind somewhat here. You know the "Richard loves Kahlen-Richard loses Kahlen-there is an insurmountable reason Richard can never have Kahlen back-Richard surmounts the insurmountable (somehow)."

Unfortunately the book just isn't that good, they keep getting weaker, though the diatribes do keep getting longer.
Adam Wilson
Mar 26, 2012 Adam Wilson rated it liked it
Oh, my, god... where to begin with this one? I will say that I was warned about this book and this entire series but I didn't listen. I enjoyed the first two books, and

the fourth book, and liked the third one a little, but this one just lost its damn mind. "Where did it lose its mind?" Right about the time when Richard starts looking

for the chicken that is not a chicken. I would definitely say that it is a chicken, but it is an EVIL chicken. Scawwy. Also, it is a zombie chicken. Gaspeddy gasp
Aug 14, 2012 Wyn rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one. Maybe Terry Goodkind, so he can learn from his mistakes.
Shelves: ugh
I will be the first to admit that it's been a good, oh, eight years or more since I started this book (because I never finished it)... But, after forcing myself to plow through four of the previous books (well, I didn't hate all four of them), I was in no fit state to attempt to stomach the same ol', tired, clichéd bullshit without which Mr. Goodkind, apparently, finds it impossible to compose a story. The rest of this review is hidden behind spoiler tags. For a reason.

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2.5 stars. While a decent read, this fifth installment of the Sword of Truth series continues the let down in the overall quality of the series after the first 3 books. Richard and Kahlan remain memorable characters but not much else.
Tam Lin
Oct 11, 2009 Tam Lin rated it did not like it
A wonderful story about how democracy is broken and the world is better off submitting to the rule of an iron-fisted military dictator so long as he saves them from socialistm. A great read for closet fascists everywhere.
Rodney Wilder
Feb 03, 2014 Rodney Wilder rated it really liked it
This, while still an amazing book, definitely has been the first to disappoint me at points when held against its predecessors. The writing is as captivating as ever (though I am growing tired of the rehashing/brief introductions - I know what's going on, I'm not taking long lapses between's just becoming a tiring device), but the direction the bulk of the book went rubbed me the wrong way. My main issue: ANDERITH AND ALL THOSE DWELLING IN IT!

Now, I realize the importance of the place
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 17, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Sword of Truth
There are people who loved Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series from beginning to end. But a lot of people who loved it through the first four books feel this is where the series jumped the shark. Goodkind is a devotee of Ayn Rand; he's open about that on his website. But although you could see libertarian themes in the earlier books, this is the one where it's more than subtext easily ignored. If that is what bothers you about this book, to the point you didn't find it enjoyable, you might wa ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok
I just have one question. Who wrote this book? I firmly believe some strange essence possessed Terry Goodkind before he wrote this book. This series went from enthralling to infuriating. The first three hundred pages of Soul of Fire are spent discussing low cut dresses, cleavage, sex scandals, food, and ridiculous politics of a country in the Midlands that has yet to be discussed in previous books. While I understand the need to portray the selfishness of this society, I do not think it needed t ...more
Gabriel C.
Oct 01, 2012 Gabriel C. rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
Jeepers Creepers. Much the same. A focus on sexual violence and sexual possessiveness as the main motivators for virtually every character. Untold pages of characterization of the bad guys as bad so that we don't mind when they are subjected to violence later. A characterization of a "primitive" person's speech as "jibber-jabber." A whole bunch of messianic stuff admixed in with the pagan. A strong pro-life and antidemocratic bent. Ridiculous situations. The wise lying to each other apparently o ...more
Mar 08, 2016 Nicky rated it it was ok
Not great at all.
All the characters started doing out-of-character stupid shit, and nothing much really happened. Also, the plot was just not very interesting, and solutions for problems were a bit far-fetched (view spoiler). And what was the demon chicken that was just completely forgotten after 150 pages of whining over it?
All the new characters that were introduced were stupid and ignorant, and most of them didn't even have a good purpos
Jarrod Scarbrough
Nov 10, 2013 Jarrod Scarbrough rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013, audio
Oh, how I love this series! For me, each book seems to get better! I definitely liked Soul of the Fire far more than any of the others! What a great journey this story takes us on! I find it hard to discipline myself to read only one book in this series and not jump right in to the next one! Will get to that one soon though, got to see what happens after one hell of an ending!
Feb 07, 2015 Darkphoenix rated it really liked it
Soul of the Fire was incredibly frustrating at times! Terry Goodkind also has a very long-winded way of writing which can be trying at time (and don't even get me started on those pesky recaps) But having said that, I find I am unable to stop reading the series, at least, that's the case so far.

What I like about his characters is that just because a person is committed to the "right side" doesn't mean that they won't make grave mistakes or that they aren't weak. In Soul of the Fire, for instanc
La storia sarebbe stata anch abbastanza interessante: il salvataggio di Richard alla fine del libro precedente aveva evocato nel mondo i tre Rintocchi, altre armi magiche senzienti risalenti alla vecchia guerra (come i Mriswith e la Silph, la Spada della verità e il Legame dei Rahl). Solo che queste creature invincibili godono nell’uccidere, risucchiano la magia dal mondo e hanno lo scopo di prendersi l’anima promessa loro con l’evocazione. L’anima di Richard.
Zedd decide di provare a fermarli da
I am on a mission to catch up on this series, since I cannot remember why I stopped reading it in the first place. Also, with the new tv show, I find myself trying to remember what I've read. I vaguely remember the chimes. The big question are in the world or not? Is the magic really failing or not? And what's Zedd up to? These are the questions that Kahlan, Richard, Cara and another figure from Richard's past must answer if they are to save the land of Anderith from the invading army of Jagang. ...more
Jul 02, 2009 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok
This review refers to the SOT series through book 9.

Terry Goodkind’s first book Wizard’s First Rule was great! Except for the actual First Rule ("People are Stupid"), which was...stupid. The story had so many unique and fascinating characters (especially the secondary ones). I was in love with Richard; I wanted to be a Mord-Sith. The next couple of books of The Sword of Truth were pretty good, too.

Then...I don’t know what just TOTALLY lost it. The writing style became incredibly an
May 04, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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Aug 14, 2010 Brandann rated it liked it
Another Rand-ian light moral lesson, with plenty of fixation on sex and sin and opulence.

This time, the story seems to trudge on aimlessly, with Kahlan taking the blame for the problems unleashed on the world, until Richard haphazardly saves the day in the last twelve pages.

Once again, we have the delightful surprise of intense violence against women, with graphic descriptions of them being beaten to death.

Oh! Oh! I almost forgot!

EVIL CHICKEN! Read this book for the evil chicken.
Cheryl Matthynssens
May 08, 2016 Cheryl Matthynssens rated it really liked it
This one took me a while with everything going on. I like Terry's style and world creation. I read his books mostly because I just love the Richard as a character. But... Terry's style has become predictable and that is why I couldn't give it five stars.
Sep 14, 2015 Jakub rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
so finally done. I have to say it took me longer to flick through this boom then any of the previous ones in the series. I give it three stars simply because Terry started to adapt to share more of side stories into the main line. To follow in deeper the story line of Anderith took me a bit by surprise because in the end I realized it could have been completely left out until the later in the book and that it was not related to the main story line.
This whole book had a bit of slower read to it
Mar 24, 2010 Nathalie rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-read
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Feb 06, 2011 Sammet rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has followed the series from the start (else I can imagine it gets extremely confusing)
This book is very typical to Terry Goodkind. A (sometimes very) slow start, minor characters getting introduced as big characters and the sense of continuity is a little bit off here and there. And it still pulls you in and eats you whole and becomes a great page-turner by the second half of the book.

At the beginning of the book I was only ready to give it three stars, at most. And yet you can see I have rewarded it four stars, because despite the irritating re-caps of the previous books and var
3.5 stars

You know...when you're about halfway through a book and discover that said book is missing 35 pages, yet you're able to continue on without too much fear of having lost valuable information, it should be a clear indication that something's amiss in your adoration of a story.

Yes, that happened to me. I had a brief moment of shock, disbelief, and then, to my chagrin, I mentally shrugged it off and continued on with the story. Sure, I missed some backstory, and a key development between Ca
T.M. Carper
The beginning is slow, even with Kahlan and Richard's wedding with the Mud People. Then bad news--the chimes are loose, thanks to Kahlan.

The chimes kill through fire, water, and air. People all over are dying and magic is failing all while the Order marches on.

My main compilant is that there's too many secondary characters, like the Hakans that you should feel sorry for, but don't. They don't really link into this story; perhaps they are important in future books. Dalton's story line bogs down a
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Terry Goodkind is a contemporary American writer and author of the best-selling epic fantasy series, The Sword of Truth, creator of the television show The Legend of the Seeker, and writer of the self-published epic, The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus (a prequel and origin story of the first Mother Confessor). He has over 20 million copies in print and has been translated into more th ...more
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